Storm Runner OSTR's Discussion

Tuesday, December 28, 2004 6:43 AM
Well its been a year since SR debuted. What are your thoughts on Intamins new OSTR system. *** Edited 12/28/2004 2:01:35 PM UTC by Hydra:TheRevenge***
Tuesday, December 28, 2004 9:05 AM
Overall I don't mind them (especially toward the front). For me they were spaced far enough from me to not really bother me.

Toward the back in one spot on the ride I did manage to take a shot in the ear.

Alot better than the old Arrow/ Vekoma OTSR's.

I think they should be fine on Kinda Ka if thats what your getting at.

Tuesday, December 28, 2004 9:50 AM
I am not a big fan of them at all. Infact I think they ruin the ride! I love the layout but the restraints would be so much better if they were lapbars or something.
Tuesday, December 28, 2004 10:16 AM
They absolutely SUCK.

Next question?

Seriously, when I rode, what the shoulder bar did was to prevent the lap bar from coming down where it should. This means that because of the shoulder bar, I was bouncing around in the seat in ways that I shouldn't have been, and it was by no means pleasant.

The best thing they could do to that ride would be to remove the ten fasteners that attach the shoulder bar to the restraint.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Tuesday, December 28, 2004 10:37 AM
I don't like them at all! The first time I rode it my neck took such a beating that I almost didn't want to get back on. The second time I rode I braced myself like I do on arrows so that my neck wouldn't get beat up again. This is a great ride, but it's ruined by the horrible restraint system.

Another problem I saw with them is that young children can get out of them! I watched as a child in one of the trains managed to pull themselves out of the upper restraints and had half his body out of it while still sitting in the station. Intamin needs to take a look at how different sized people fit into their retraints.

Tuesday, December 28, 2004 10:39 AM
I got jacked in the neck several times on Storm Runner because of those cursed restraints... For my second ride I tried to prepare myself for it but still got knocked. Worst restraints EVER.

Unfortunately, it seems that there are just as many people who like them as there are that hate them. :(

Tuesday, December 28, 2004 11:02 AM
Chalk me up in the "I like them" column. I am about 5 feet 10 inches tall, weigh approximately 155 pounds and I did not feel any of this pain or jostling that has been mentioned by others. I will admit that the transition into the inline twist element is a bit severe, but it by no means caused me any discomfort or headbanging. I thought everything about SR was great as it is currently my #2 overall coaster.

So overall, I like Storm Runner's restraints. But then, I also liked Drachen Fire. ;)

Ray P.

Tuesday, December 28, 2004 11:12 AM
What is an OSTR?
Tuesday, December 28, 2004 11:13 AM
I can't say I liked them much either. I'm kinda little so I bounced around in them alot, whacking my neck pretty good. I couldn't keep my hands up and still avoid the beating.
Tuesday, December 28, 2004 11:15 AM

What is an OSTR?

"Ouch Says The Rider" - that's an OSTR ;)

I didn't have a problem with Storm Runner's OTSR's - at all. What do I know?

*** Edited 12/28/2004 4:22:28 PM UTC by Lord Gonchar***

Tuesday, December 28, 2004 11:26 AM
Niether did I. But, I'm around the same size as ProgRay (5' 9", ~155lbs.), so that might be why. And I liked Drachen Fire as well. ;)

Indeed, I thought SR's OTSRs were quite comfy, and didn't hinder the ride one iota.

Tuesday, December 28, 2004 11:43 AM
All hail the 5'9" 155 lb enthusiast - the "design" human for all roller coasters! ;) I'm the same size and had no problems with SR's restraints (other than it's hard to move through the train when they're up in the station) - and although I never rode Drachen Fire, I loved Steel Phantom so same difference ;)
Tuesday, December 28, 2004 11:49 AM
What about the 5'4" 130 lb enthusiast? You know, the ones that the Arrow/Vekoma trains are designed to torture to death?

I found Storm Runner's OTSR's quite comfortable, although like coasterpunk I DID take one shot to the ears once when sitting near the back. It wasn't bad, though.

With my build, the restraint did indeed sit comfortably on my lap, but I can see where that would be a problem.

Tuesday, December 28, 2004 12:19 PM
Hey, I'm just over 6' and 240lbs, and though I haven't ridden SR yet, I've been on Arrows, Vekos, and Togos (oh my). None have bothered me that bad, so just cause you shorties like it dosen't mean its inherant to your, um, size;).
Tuesday, December 28, 2004 1:44 PM
I'm 6' 3" and about 250# and did not think that they were too bad. They did not hurt me in any way and I did not get tossed around.
Tuesday, December 28, 2004 2:01 PM
< 39, 5-9, 200#, brown hair, brown eyes, and single. I'm a gemini. In addition to coasters I like hiking, biking, music, and long walks on the beach.

Oops...wrong forum ;)

Tuesday, December 28, 2004 2:13 PM
I don't think they are horrible, but I do agree that the ride would be much better with lap bars. I did experience some soreness in the neck on some of the elements, and can't help but think that those elements would be much more enjoyable with lap bars. Still, though, they're not as bad as an arrow looper restraint. I like Storm Runner and have had some good rides on it, but it does annoy me that it could be so much better with lap bars.

And if Hydra is getting at how we think they're going to be on Kingda Ka... Well, for one, of course OTSR's are more restrictive and I feel that will take away from the open-feeling experience of lap bars. Second, and more importantly, I think there might be some head-banging and a few sore necks (especially more towards the back of the train) as you go down the spiral. I think most people who have ridden TTD would have to agree, you do shift around a lot on the way down the spike, and I can't help but think it might not be enjoyable with Storm-Runner-like restraints. Otherwise, I don't think it will take away from getting airtime on the bunny hill, you don't need lap bars to experience good air (I love some of the air on California Screamin').

Tuesday, December 28, 2004 5:21 PM
But you didn't answer the most important question, matthew:


Tuesday, December 28, 2004 5:21 PM
Tuesday, December 28, 2004 5:24 PM
HAHAHAHA! Roffles!

Geez, I hope you're not as quick in all areas of life as you are @ answering on the Forums.

Now I'm gracefully bowing out so that This thread dosen't get closed...



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